Born in 1975 in Capitola (USA). Lives and works in Brooklyn (USA).
A.K. Burns' interdisciplinary practice explores the body as a contentious domain where social, political, and material forces collide. Engaging deeply with questions of materiality and (re)production, Burns examines how the «deployment of power» is connected to the body, its functions, physiological processes, sensations, and pleasures.
For Burns, the body is not an object with inherent boundaries and properties but multifaceted and porous, permeating and penetrated by its surroundings. These inquiries take shape as visually seductive and socially critical videos, sculptures, writing, sound, drawings, and collages.
A.K. Burns' work has been exhibited at Palais de Tokyo (Paris) ; Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf/Berlin) ; New Museum (New York) ; Tate Modern (London) ; MOMA - Museum of Modern Art (New York) ; Sculpture Center (New York) ; The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) ; MET - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) ; MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt am Main) ; SOMArts (San Francisco) ; ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) ; Leslie-Lhman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York) ; KADIST (San Francisco) ; Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge) ; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art ; Human Resources (Los Angeles) ; The LGBT Community Center (New York).
Burns received in 2021 the Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts and Art Awards Purchase Program from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 2018 the New York Foundation for the Arts - NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, in 2016-17 the Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award.
Her work is part of prestigious collections as Guggenheim Museum (New York) ; American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York) ; Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) ; LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; Kadist Foundation (San Francisco) ; MoMA (New York) ; FRAC - Pays De La Loire (Carquefou), Frac Île-de-France, Le Plateau (Paris).
"Negative Space" a presentation by A.K Burns at Radcliff Institute, Harvard
Conversation between Kevin Moore, artist A.K. Burns and Musician Ankit Shrestha
Sortir à Paris
The New York Times Magazine
A.K. Burns - Julia Stoschek Collection
Les 5 expos à ne pas manquer en février
The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 4
W.A.G.E. an interview with A.K. Burns
Der amerikanische Albtraum
Zero - A.K. Burns on Nancy Holt
Publisher: Callicoon Fine Arts, New York